The “Car Boot Sale” season will soon be upon us here. Although ‘Car Boot’ translates in some parts of the world to ‘trunk’, I’m not sure that Auto Trunk Sale means anything! Let’s say flea market.
The three antique planes shown here were my last really exciting find, although I’ve since had my share of sash cramps and other bits and pieces. They were on the grass in the dog target area, which was a good sign, and they had a decent coating of dust and surface rust. After an (outwardly half hearted) examination, I asked the price.
“£12.00 any good?”
“What about all three?”
“Yes, £12.00 for all three” What’s that- $US24.00?
I didn’t even insult him with a lower bid! Unusual nowadays that the specialist dealers hadn’t got there as the traders unloaded.
It wasn’t until I got home that I realised exactly what they were. I show them here after some light cleaning and a lashing of linseed oil.
This is a Badger Plane, believed by some to have been named after a C19 Londen Planemaker, Charles Badger. It’s a cross between a panel-raising plane and a panel plane. At first I’d thought it was just a bench plane until I noticed that the cutting iron is skewed and emerges at the side of the stock. Thus it can be used right into the corner of a rabbet. The iron, at least is by Mathieson.
The second one is a ’moving fillister’ - a rabbet plane with an adjustable fence. This appears to be quite a nice model. The undersole is adjusted by screws running in brass-lined slots & this one has three whereas I think two is more commonplace. The depth stop is adjusted by the brass thumbscrew at the top. Notice that the iron is preceded by a scriber that scores the edge of the rabbet.
Third one is a compass plane, i.e. it has a convex sole. The brass thumbscrew causes a steel insert in the toe of the plane to rise and fall. That seems to provide a little adjustment to the curvature that can be planed.
The next time (I live in hope), I’ll produce some ‘before’ pictures.
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